Compact Brushless Chainsaw

DEWALT has been trickling outdoor power tools into their 20-volt line over the last year or so.  They currently have a 20-volt string trimmer, blower, hedge trimmer and have now added the new DCCS620 12″ Compact Brushless Chainsaw.  The new 12″ Chainsaw has many of the other features you find on the larger 40-volt or FlexVolt chainsaws, such as tool-free chain tensioning, brushless motors, fixed-rate automatic chain oilers and an Oregon bar and chain.  One item that it is missing is a variable speed trigger.  The 20-volt model has a single speed trigger that allows the chain to run at 25.2 feet per second when the trigger is pulled.

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So let’s get right to the question that is on everyone’s mind.  Can DEWALT’s 20-volt max battery properly power a chainsaw?  The answer is a surprising YES, it can power it and the battery and brushless motor combination do quite well at it.  This top handle compact chainsaw is not going to be a go-to saw for felling trees, but it will do well at limbing, trimming and also cutting dry lumber on the jobsite.  The saw was surprisingly resilient through our test cutting up a pine tree we dropped a few days before and we did not have any thermal timeouts or overloads.  For a saw of this size and voltage, it really did well.

DCCS620 Features

  • Low Kick Back 12″ Oregon Bar and Chain
  • Compact, lightweight design (8.8 lbs)
  • High-efficiency brushless motor
  • Tool-Free chain tensioning and bar tightening knob

Build Quality

When you look at all the battery operated chainsaws from DEWALT, you will see some items that look the same.  The chain tensioner is most likely a shared item between all three of their battery saws on the market.  One would also think that the chain oil fill cap would be also, but that item on this saw feels a bit weak.  We will say that the cap flexes less once there is oil lubricating its movement, but either way, the cap gives the saw a feeling that one should take care in adjusting it.

Other than the cap, the feeling of the saw is pretty good.  One would wish they would have carried over the variable speed trigger, but the motor used might not have the torque to run at lower RPMs.

Any way that you look at this saw, it is a perfect match for a homeowner who wants to be able to trim trees and possibly clean up a mess after a storm.  Hunters would love the saw for cleaning out areas in the woods!  Contractors who deal with pole structures might enjoy it for trimming 4×4’s or other rough cut items.  This saw does have a large group that will enjoy using the saw!

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  • CHAIN GUAGE 0.043
  • WEIGHT 8.8 LBS